About this object

Female hand made figurine, called a 'phi figurine' because of the similarity of the figurine's shape to the Greek letter φ (phi). The figurine has a splayed foot base, and the upper body is represented in a circle with breasts on it. The head is long and schematically represented, pointed in the middle with a long nose and two dark dots for the eyes. The woman seems to wear a conical shaped hat on the head. Dark curved stripes decorate the circular upper body, the overall clay is buff. Much of the overall decoration has faded. Figurines of these shape were often found in tombs and sanctuaries.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Religion
  • Culture
    Mycenaean
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Europe: Southern Europe: Greece
  • Date made
    1360 BC - 1250 BC (Late Helladic IIIA2 - Late Helladic IIIB1)
  • Materials
    Terracotta Clay
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from Professor R.C. Bosanquet, 1955
  • Collector
    Robert Carr Bosanquet
  • Place collected
    Europe: Southern Europe: Greece
  • Date collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Measurements
    116 mm x 46 mm x 30 mm
  • Related people
    Robert Carr Bosanquet (Collector)
Object view = Humanities
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